* Compelling; thoughtful; well-structured
* Assured and emotionally resonant
* Entertaining; beautifully composed
* Stories of justice denied
* Fully dimensional women
Told all my friends that I saw your incredible, moving film. I hope it plays in theaters all over the country. We need more films like this, that tell our stories and validate our truth.
I saw “Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise” at the Napa Film Festival. It won my personal “best in show” award: smart, insightful, high-quality. Kudos to Jennifer Townsend and her subjects for their openness, honesty and willingness to share their pain on screen.
The parallel relationships between Thelma and Louise and Butch and Sundance – with that final scene from Butch Cassidy was masterfully edited. I thought it worked really well. It ‘landed’ that our culture has such a marginal view of women, especially in film and media.
I appreciated how you referenced scenes from the movie as a reminder. It really took me ‘there’ and to my own memories of the movie as I listened to the discussion so I felt included. The editing felt integrated and seamless. Nice!
I stayed engaged with the commentary throughout, never felt lost and definitely felt it took the time to say what everyone needed to say without belaboring any given point.
It is an excellent documentary about the impact T&L made on its viewers 25 years ago and today, and yes, about sexual harassment. This screening couldn’t have been more timely. I loved what the director, Jennifer Townsend, said: “I want to change the dialogue from #MeToo to #NoMore.”
The beauty of the original film’s last moments is transformed in this new documentary context. Here, we see the clips within Townsend’s community of moviegoers, through the lenses of their stories.
Hearing the women (and men) read their own words, ones they had forgotten they had written, is indescribably moving.
Like the film that inspired it, it tends to linger in the memory for some time afterward.
MaryAnne Johanson: Oh, I love this movie so much! So much more than I was expecting just hearing what it was about. I love how all the “talking heads” here are just women talking about their own lives. I mean, many of them are authority figures — lawyers, professors, etc — but they speak from personal knowledge and experience, not with academic or professional distance. I love the introspection going on here, from the women (and a few men) reexamining their quarter-century-ago reactions to Thelma & Louise and agreeing with their past selves, or even finding that they are angrier still today.
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